Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Introducing HTC Touch Diamond

A new HTC device has just been launched and boy this is one pretty gadget; Not just the outer appearance but also the new user interface named TouchFLO 3D. This is essentially an evolution of the original TouchFLO interface first seen on the HTC Touch. It features a new home page and expanded range of functions like contacts, weather, photos, music and web browsing all being presented in smooth flowing 3D motions and using only finger gestures. Finally a real rival to the iPhone's interface.

In terms of outer appearance, HTC went with an all black exterior. The front is encased in a full glass panel with four touch sensitive buttons and a scroll wheel at the bottom. Even the back panel is not your usual boring flat rectangular block but features many raised facets making it look like the surface of a diamond (hence the name I suppose). Overall, it is a very classy looking device that you won't feel embarrassed using at a gala type event.

And looks is not the only thing going for it. With tri-band, 3.5G, WiFi, bluetooth, GPS, 3.2MP Camera, VGA screen and plenty of memory built in (including a 4GB internal storage), this is a very capable and full featured device.

The only downside to this device is the lack of memory expansion slot (you are limited to the 4GB internal space only) and the possibly short battery life (900mAh only). The combination of these two means that you probably won't be able to use the device as a serious music or video player.

In terms of availability, HTC has announced that it will first launch in June 2008 in Europe followed by Asia and lastly the Americas. Hmm... I wonder if this is intentionally arranged to avoid a direct clash with iPhone?

Will I be getting it? Hmm... Obviously there are alot to like about this gadget but the battery life is a big issue for me as I hate having to charge the phone on a daily basis and that is provided that a single charge can last you through the day! Yes, you can obviously get a second battery as standby but again, that means having to keep the battery with/near you so that you can swap it when you need it. Not exactly that convenient is it? So most likely no... until HTC or a third party comes out with a 1300mAh battery pack :)

Anyway, view the video below for the launch presentation by HTC CEO Peter Chou.

No comments: